Finnish company Nokia announced that it has been selected as a major supplier by Reliance Jio to supply 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio countrywide in a multi-year deal on Monday.
Reliance Jio, one of the largest telecom operators in India, has announced its plans to roll out 5G services in the country. Jio is one of the first operators in the world to announce plans for 5G services. The company has said that it will start rolling out 5G services by the end of 2020. Jio has also announced that it will be investing Rs. 5,000 crores in the rollout of 5G services.
Nokia said in a statement, “Reliance Jio is India’s number one mobile operator and has one of the largest RAN footprints in the world. Nokia has a long-standing presence in India. This new deal will mean that Nokia is now supplying India’s three largest mobile operators”.
As per Nokia, its “AirScale Osprey portfolio of 8T8R radios uses the same, latest Nokia ReefShark SoC technology as the new massive MIMO antennas. The new AirScale Osprey 8 remote radio with beamforming, delivers a total RF power output of 320 Watts across several operating modes. Combined with a low weight compact form-factor and multiple mounting options this high-performance radio offers deployment flexibility across a wide range of use cases.”
According to the agreement, Nokia will provide from its AirScale portfolio, base stations, high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO antennas, Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to support various spectrum bands, as well as self-organizing network software. In addition to its current 4G network, Reliance Jio plans to establish a standalone 5G network. Reliance Jio 5G will be capable of offering cutting-edge 5G services thanks to the network, including significant machine-to-machine connectivity, network slicing, and ultra-low latency.
5G is the next generation of mobile broadband technology, and it offers faster speeds and lower latency than 4G, including faster data speeds, lower latency, and higher capacity. Jio’s investment of Rs. 5,000 crores in the rollout of 5G services is a big boost for the Indian telecom sector. With this investment, Reliance 5G Jio is committed to bringing 5G to India and making it a world-leading digital economy. 5G networks will be crucial for the deployment of new technologies such as autonomous cars and the internet of things.
Reliance Jio Chairman Akash Ambani stated, “We are pleased to be working with Nokia for our 5G SA deployment in India. Jio is committed to continuously investing in the latest network technologies to enhance the experience of all of its customers. We are confident that our partnership with Nokia will deliver one of the most advanced 5G networks globally”.
Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO of Nokia, said, “This ambitious project will introduce millions of people across India to premium 5G services, enabled by our industry-leading AirScale portfolio. We are proud that Reliance Jio has placed its trust in our technology and we look forward to a long and productive partnership with them”.
She marked this deal as a “Significant Win” in the global telecom market and asserted, “This is a significant win for Nokia in an important market and a new customer with one of the largest RAN footprints in the world.”
What are the benefits of Reliance Jio 5G and its customers:
The rollout of 5G services is expected to bring a lot of benefits to the country. It will help in boosting the economy and will also create jobs. It will also help in improving the quality of life of people. Jio has already started testing 5G services in some parts of the country. The company is confident that it will be able to roll out 5G services by the end of 2020. This is a big development for the Indian telecom sector, as Jio is the first operator to announce its plans for a Jio 5G network rollout in the country.
The company has already started testing Jio 5G network in collaboration with Nokia. Reliance Jio is also expected to launch Reliance Jio 5G phones in collaboration with Nokia and other manufacturers. The rollout of 5G services by Jio will be a major boost for the development of 5G in India. India is currently lagging behind other countries in terms of 5G readiness. The launch of 5G services by Jio will help to bridge the gap and ensure that India is not left behind in the race to deploy 5G networks.
Nokia has a long-standing presence in India. Nokia will now be providing India’s three biggest mobile providers according to this new agreement.
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